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What does "putting up" mean in this context?

I just read a question on Stack Overflow, here. The question starts with: I've been somewhat "putting up" with GitHub always asking for my username and password when I clone a repository. [....
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Use of the phrase " half again"

I read this sentence: He was half again taller than the merchant. I have checked from the dictionary. The phrase given there is "half again as much/ many" Then why in the above sentence ...
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What does "think yourself" mean?

A BBC article is titled "Can you think yourself drunk?". What does it mean? There's no such an expression, "think yourself", as far as I know
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frank vs candid

Do these sentences mean exactly the same? Frankly speaking, I can't stand her. To be candid, I can't stand her. From dictionary definitions, I guess "frankly speaking" is a little bit more ...
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What does "they heard you up all night again last night" mean?

This phrase is from the film “The Unforgivable” 2021 Jenny is sick and her sister is talking with her The sister says “You know, they heard you up all night again last night. Gotta go back on your ...
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Is it meaningful to say "deter or at least hinder"?

In the following sentence is it clear what I mean by saying "deter or at least hinder"? I want to say that the ideal is to completely prevent bad crowds from doing their business, but if it ...
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The word overwhelming is a little bit ambiguous

According to dictionary, overwhelming means: very great or very strong; so powerful that you cannot resist it or decide how to react Therefore it is clear that: She has an overwhelming desire to ...
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Has a ring to it

I was watching a video where a guys says something that rhymes, and the other guys says: "I like it. It's got a nice ring to it." Do we say it when something rhymes? When I looked up 'has a ...
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The usage of "share" confuses me

I am reading Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone and there is a paragraph: But from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend. There are some things you can't share without ending up ...
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What is 'have had better' meaning?

From CSI Las Vegas 404. Context: There was a case that a baby was dead in a car in the morning and a forensic doctor joined the case. Detective A: Heard you had a rough morning. Forensic Doctor: I've ...
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What does "blood drains from stomach"mean?

what is the meaning of "blood drains from stomach"? Elisa is shocked, so I suppose it's the same like "stomach churns​/​lurches​/​tightens", but is it really so? And then ... next ...
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Meaning of "I'm funny like that"

Someone asked whether this sentence was grammatically correct: My best friend is a person who I can tell everything to. A native English speaker replied: I would say it should be "whom I could ...
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What's the meaning of the phrase "so as" on this context?

This is a context from an English translation of "Crime And Punishment" by Dostoevsky "I have considerable reason to believe that Marfa Petrovna, who was so unfortunate as to fall in ...
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"Taking a jolt from" meaning in this context?

I am studying a video about global warming, the professor starts with this expression: "So fossil fuel combustion is​ ​basically taking a jolt from that battery of the biosphere." Which, I ...
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What does "humor and camp" mean?

In a movie review for the 2021 House of Gucci movie, Tom Ford, the former creative director of Gucci familiar with the actual people that the movie is based on, wrote a movie review essay for Air Mail ...
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What does it mean by "deep-dive chapters", on wich came in the following? [closed]

I was reading a book about Web Development that suddenly faced this: deep-dive chapters. The entire section came bellow: Part 1: Introducing ASP.NET Core This part of the book—which includes this ...
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Is there anything wrong with this sentence?

In December it'll be 3 years since I have been trying to learn this language. Is there anything wrong with this sentence? My friend said it, but I think it should be "In December I'll have been ...
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What might be another expression for "to build that loss into something"?

The sentence is from a business talk about the amount financial loss, which is caused some of their products being damaged during transportation. The man from the company says: "Of course we ...
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"Get on one's nerves" VS "Get to someone"

Could anyone let me know how the following examples differ in meaning? She’s always moaning. It really gets on my nerves. She’s always moaning. It really gets to me. Get on someone's nerves: If ...
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How many applicants did you have for the job? (meaning)

How many applicants did you have for the job? After that question, I must understand that the vacancy is still opened, or it is closed? If I asked such question for the current vacancy, I would say: &...
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Much + Noun nuance (this much earth surface)

What does "much" add in this construction? This much earth surface has to fit onto this much map surface compared to This earth surface has to fit onto this map surface Context: I found ...
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What does "printed upon a husk" mean?

In THE SAINT by V.S. PRITCHETT: The man is a saint, I thought. As saintly as any of those gold-leaf figures in the churches of Sicily. Golden, he sat in the punt. Golden, he sat for the next hour as ...
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Satilla Shores unincorporated Glynn County

An undated photo of Ahmaud Arbery Location: Satilla Shores unincorporated Glynn County, Georgia, U.S. Source: Wikipedia Does "Satilla Shores unincorporated Glynn County" mean "...
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Meaning of "to put a face on something"

A pop star is about to get an abortion, and now she is being interviewed. she says the following sentence : I am very excited about this opportunity to put a face on this important issue. What's the ...
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You are charged on the basis of new payment or you are billed a new payment? What is correct?

I am not a native speaker but this question worries me a lot. There is an email where is indicated the total number you are to pay and this payment is new. So the question is, what phrase should I ...
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Can someone says 'I have to wash my hair' figuratively to end a conversation?

I took this phrase from Conversational American English. I.e. the sentence I have to wash my hair. I'm familiar with that phrase from a cartoon Spongebob Squarepants (I don't remember the episode) ...
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Meaning of "take the yes"

In season 3, episode 6 of TV show Bojack Horseman, there's this context: Diane is a pop star's publicist, and just accidentally tweeted "I'm getting an abortion" to all the star's followers. ...
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Meaning of "to come out to sizzle"

I was wondering what "come out" may mean in the following context. The Oscar race is heating up and all the hot stars came out to sizzle.
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The meaning of "regular triplet"

Behind the mare was plainly audible the cadence of a swiftly trotting horse. “D’you hear anything?” said Guj. “No—nothing but the regular triplet,” said Hordene; and he lied when he answered. This is ...
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"past harm" from The Hunger Games

Origin: I can’t bring myself to leave her like this. Past harm, but seeming utterly defenseless. My Question: I searched online but still wasn't able to get this straight. Does "past harm" ...
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"Please confirm immediately'' vs ''Please confirm at your earliest convenience''

I took a test about choosing the appropriate salutation in writing a business letter. The question tells: "If you want someone to act immediately, you can write:..."? I answered: "...
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what does "fully realized" mean in this context [duplicate]

As of December 2019, the market capitalization of Samsung Electronics Ltd. was $229.5 bn (GuruFocus 2020), which is $5.9 bn more than the paper predicted. The estimated value of synergies shows ...
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By seconds vs in seconds

What is the difference in meaning of these two phrases: by seconds and in seconds I read the first sentence in a book. The plant was growing in seconds. As a language learner I am curious to ...
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Meaning of "ruin something for someone"

I've been looking into the meaning of "ruin something for someone" in dictionaries, but cannot find any explanation. I'd like to know what it means in the sentence: "You ruined that ...
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what does it mean?: 'what gets you by'

I was watching this video and the person in the video was saying at 0:33: So college really opened my eyes to different types of people, and now even when I go, when I come back home, start a new job,...
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What does 'do steak and chips' mean?

The sentence I took from my English course exercise: 'What are we going to eat?' 'Well, I can do steak and chips.' I don't think that do steak and chips literally means the speaker will make those ...
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what does the phrase "gotten to it" mean in this context?

I'm playing a visual novel video game in which you are a detective and I investigate an amusement park where a crime was committed. One of the options is to investigate a roof of a merry-go-round that ...
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What does it mean by "put something in context or into the context"?

I've faced some sentences using put something in context. For example below samples: 1- It is important that we put Jesus into the context of history. 2- Taxation is not popular in principle, merely ...
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Scientific American was once a great journal

Richard Dawkins comments on an Scientific American article titled "Denial of Evolution Is a Form of White Supremacy" with "Scientific American was once a great journal." Source: ...
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U.S. OUT of MY BODY

NYTimes runs a headline titled "As G.O.P. Fights Mask and Vaccine Mandates, Florida Takes the Lead". In the article, there is a picture in which one man holds a placard on his shoulder that ...
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What does (someone is just F-ing with somebody else) mean?

I'm sorry if it's inappropriate, that phrase I heard while I was watching American Horror Stories, but I don't think it has something to do with having s3x. In order to avoid something vulgar around ...
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Meaning of 'with one answering present' in describing a result of vote

The following sentence is from the New York Times article. What does the italic phrase mean? “The yeas are 223 and the nays are 207, with one answering present. ... I guess that the voting limit ...
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Is it rude to say "Speak of the devil- Here is Grandma now!"?

I saw the movie "Love Hard" yesterday. In the film, the little brother hates his big brother. The little brother is at home and suddenly he hears his big brother's voice when the big brother ...
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Correct word/phrase request for not hearing an alarm because you're sleeping deep or peacefully

Suppose I set an alarm for 5 am in winter and you're sleeping. Usually it is difficult for me (and maybe many others especially in India) to wake up early in the morning in winter. You want to sleep ...
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Keep them and it will pay

“Pay them and they will stay. Keep them and it will pay.” Sudanese mathematician Mohamed Hassan’s summary of Nature’s first international survey tracking scientists’ salaries and how they feel about ...
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what does "as much the rule as the exception" mean

"Noncentral forces, which are as much the rule as the exception but are more difficult to emulate, produce even greater anisotropy." In this sentece, what does "as much the rule as the ...
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POV: you're on a losing streak

Team Secret Replying to Elon Musk: POV: you're on a losing streak Source: Twitter Does "POV: you're on a losing streak" mean "Persistence of Vision: You're suffering a series of ...
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What does "joint discourse" mean?

Ngo,2021 mentioned Using the Term Frequency-Inverse Document Frequency text-mining technique and a large dataset of tweets, we determined that the public sentiment on joint discourses of COVID-19 and ...
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Does the phrase "as long as" mean while in this context?

The person in question is hypnotized. Two other people are talking about that person. One of them wants that man out of his apartment and he says to his friend: "Get him out as long as the trance ...
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Does "Tom choked Mary" or "Tom strangled Mary" imply Mary died after that act or we don't know?

In the dictionary ​strangle somebody: to kill somebody by pressing their throat and neck hard, especially with your fingers ​[transitive] choke somebody: to make somebody stop breathing by pressing ...

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